Arsenal: Win the league or cup? Just give us a trophy!
Arsenal are looking good in the league, but should we be putting just as much effort into the other competitions we are in?
It’s a daunting feeling knowing that no player in the current squad has won any silverware for Arsenal. It’s scary realising that that 2005 FA Cup final win came when Oxlade-Chamberlain was 12 and Patrick Vieira was still club captain.
After a promising start to the season, it is only natural to start thinking that we may have a shot at the title if we remain consistent, but with tough competition in the form of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and surprise strong starters Everton, maybe we should stop neglecting reportedly lesser trophies such as the Capital One cup to rid us of this shameful seven-year drought.
It is clear that we have looked strong this season and the recent West Ham win showed a team that knows how to beat a Sam Allardyce ugly concoction of long balls and pony tails, something that used to pose a real problem for an Arsene Wenger side. For the first time since Fabregas left we have a real creative midfielder in Cazorla and other players who possess that individual brilliance required to win any major trophy.
The self-belief portrayed by the players to come and win away after a harsh loss against Chelsea should not be something over-looked, and who wouldn’t be happy with Giroud getting off the mark in the league? But who remembers the 09/10 season when we were five points clear at the top of the table and managed to squander it, only to finish third?
Now I’m not suggesting that we’re going to do that again and the depth in this year's squad is impressive, but the English Premier League is the toughest league in the world and no matter how good this bunch of lads are, it isn’t going to be a walk in the park.
It is clear that to win the Premier League would be the sweetest victory for any club, but seven years without a trophy for a club like Arsenal is shambolic and it is reaching that stage where winning any of the four major trophies would just simply be a relief.
Often the case with Arsene Wenger has been that, excluding the Champions League, he has fielded weaker starting 11s for the FA Cup and League Cup, further decreasing our chances of silverware. We have been here before, looking promising in the league, putting less focus into FA cup matches but getting knocked out early on. Then, before we could do anything about it, found ourselves in an impossible position on the league table.
In no way can we guarantee a cup win and in no way should we lose focus on the title. Cup games are unpredictable and offer no redemption (see Birmingham Carling Cup final for example) and one should not forget that we have looked a more capable title-winning team than that of recent seasons.
I still remain confident, not overly confident but confident nonetheless, that we could win the league. And hey, who wouldn’t love a double? Or treble? But let’s put one trophy as a priority for this season as another barren season would be painful.
If it means that Wenger has to field a full team for a midweek League Cup match against a mid to lower tabled side then so be it. Because at the moment, a trophy is a trophy. And boy would it be worth the wait.
Calling all Arsenal fans: Do you agree with Josh? Is a trophy of any kind the most important thing for Arsenal this season or would you rather Wenger put all of his focus into winning the league? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.
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